Former President Donald Trump on Thursday alleged Republicans misplaced two U.S. Senate seats representing Georgia within the 2020 election due to state Republican management and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Trump mentioned in a written assertion that “Republicans did not turn out to vote because they were so angry and disappointed with Georgia Republican leadership and Governor [Brian] Kemp for failing to stand up to Stacey Abrams and the disastrous Consent Decree that virtually eliminates signature verification requirements across the state (and much worse), and was not approved by the State Legislature as required by the Constitution.”
McConnell’s refusal to help a proposal to ship $2,000 stimulus checks was the opposite motive, Trump alleged.
That refusal “was used against our Senators and the $2,000 will be approved anyway by the Democrats who bought the Georgia election—and McConnell let them do it!”
Queries to the places of work of McConnell and Kemp weren’t instantly returned.
Control of the Senate got here all the way down to the 2 races in Georgia, which each went to runoffs after no candidates reached a majority within the Nov. 4, 2020, outcomes.
Republicans held each seats. David Perdue, a businessman, gained his 2014 election. Kelly Loeffler, a businesswoman, was appointed to a seat after Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) retired on account of failing well being.
Perdue beat filmmaker Jon Ossoff within the basic election by over 88,000 votes, however got here simply wanting avoiding a runoff. Loeffler and pastor Raphael Warnock emerged from a free-for-all jungle election for the remaining two years of Isakson’s time period, with Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) getting third.
Ossoff within the runoffs triumphed over Perdue by about 55,000 votes whereas Warnock beat Loeffler by over 1 %.
They had been sworn in on Jan. 20, the identical day President Joe Biden was inaugurated.
The wins gave Democrats management of the Senate, regardless of it being divided evenly between the events, together with two nominal independents who caucus with Democrats. That’s as a result of Vice President Kamala Harris can solid tiebreaking votes in her position as president of the higher chamber.
Trump, many Democrats, and a few Republicans supported a plan late final 12 months to ship a brand new spherical of stimulus checks to most Americans totaling $2,000.
McConnell on the Senate flooring referred to the direct funds as “socialism for rich people.”
Kemp has defended his post-election actions, saying he couldn’t legally intervene within the election course of regardless of strain from Trump.
Trump has since referred to as for Collins to problem Kemp in 2022 and early polls present the previous would win.